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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4331
Coach Robert Lee

Coach Robert H. Lee

Wednesday, April 11th, 1945 - Monday, August 26th, 2019
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Coach Robert H. Lee

Age 74, of Watkins Glen, passed away August 26, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Robert was born in Geneva, NY. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, he studied Physical Education before being drafted by the US Army in 1966. He worked 35 years as a Recreation Therapist at Willard and Elmira Psychiatric Centers. He served the Schuyler County community in numerous civil and sports league positions. Some of these included serving as Mayor of Watkins Glen and as a village Police Officer. Coach Lee also served as a coach for local boys and girls basketball teams, football and as a baseball umpire. His duties also included serving as Commissioner or Chairman for numerous sports and youth related civic activities in the county.

Bob is predeceased by his parents, William and Laura (Bailey) Lee; brother Richard (Ann Marie) Lee, sister Virginia (Louie) Rondinaro, and brothers-in-law, Ted Specchio, Jim Angelo, and Bill Ormsbee.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura (Wagner) Lee; children, Stephen Lee of Watkins Glen, Kevin Lee (Cassy Sherwood) of Lodi, and Virginia Lee (Adam Shaffer) of Lodi; sisters, Barbara Specchio of Watkins Glen, Patricia Angelo of North Carolina, and Shirley Ormsbee of Waterloo; and one grandson, Easton Shaffer.

The family will receive public at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday (Aug. 29th) from 4pm-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Aug 30th) at 10am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; followed by burial and military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you remember Coach Bob with donations in his memory to the “Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club”, PO Box 267, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or leave a remembrance online in “Obits” at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
    212 E. Fourth Street
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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  • Service

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church
    905 N. Decatur St.
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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    The Reverend Steve Lape
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    3700 State Route 14
    WATKINS GLEN, NY 14891
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Marcia Phillips

Posted at 01:28pm
I was very sad to hear about Bob's passing and my condolences go out to his family and close friends. My husband, Mike, and I worked with Bob at Willard Psychiatric Center and knew him for a long time. Bob was a very friendly, outgoing guy who was great with the patients as well as with the staff. Bob treated people the way he would want to be treated and was very well respected among his peers. Bob loved his family very much. I had heard a long time ago that he did a lot for the Watkins Glen community, especially being a Coach for the young people. He will be greatly missed by all.

Marcia Phillips

Francis S Just

Posted at 12:24pm
Known for many years. Friend. Will be missed by many. See ya around the Ball Field

John Cherock

Posted at 02:00pm
Bob was a good friend. We played on sports teams together in high school. We also played a lot of pickup games with friends. I think those were more fun, the rules were almost nonexistent. It was a privilege knowing Bob and growing up in Watkins Glen with him.
John Cherock

Bob and Carol Kelly

Posted at 09:31am
Bobs indomitable spirit lives on in his friends and every person he coached throughout his life. Vaya con Dios Bob.
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Danyel Gezzi

Posted at 06:07pm
We lost a great and wonderful person bob lee and we be greatly missed

Danyel Gezzi Posted at 06:08pm

This from my grandma Marlyin Hoxie

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